4366 Tasting Notes
In reading back over my review of this tea (found here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/30/cucumber-melon-flavored-iced-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/ ) I noticed there that I mention to Frank that he should consider adding green teas to his SBT line, and what do you know? That’s his next project! I don’t know if my suggestion had anything to do with that. But, I’m glad that he is going to add green teas to the line, as well as other tea types.
I really liked the green tea version of the Cucumber Melon better than this black tea version. I like this alright, but the black tea notes seem to mask some of the subtler notes of cucumber and melon a bit more than I’d like.
It’s a tasty tea, but, not quite as cucumber-y or melon-y as I wanted it to be.
I have to admit that I was a little afraid of this tea. I like spicy flavors, but, habanero? The spiciest pepper that I generally deal with, culinarily speaking, is the Jalapeno, although on a rare occasion, I might pick up a habanero, roast it, and then dice it fine and mix it with crushed pineapple to make a syrup to top ice cream. Quite a yummy ice cream topping, but, I’m still just a wee bit afraid of habanero because while it can be quite good when handled correctly, it can also be way too hot when it’s overdone.
And this quote from the Pelican Tea website: “Exceptionally Spicy, Habanero Infused” didn’t do a whole lot to assuage my fears.
But I decided to be bold and daring and try it.
Yes … spicy. Yes. Yes it is. And it burns … but in a very good way.
Read more about my thoughts of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/30/firewater-black-tea-blend-pelican-tea/
A lovely Ti Kuan Yin. Sweet apple notes! Earliest infusions offered notes of apple, vanilla, orchid and creamy butter. Later infusions brought forth notes of vegetation and softened the floral tones. The apple notes come forward with subsequent infusions.
Really nice and deliciously creamy. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/29/ti-kuan-yin-oolong-tea-simple-loose-leaf/
I just noticed that this says 2012 … I don’t think that this is a 2012 though. But the other stuff – the estate and the FTGFOP stuff … that’s correct.
I’ve been pretty impressed with the Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried from Lochan. I generally prefer a second flush to a first, but, this is a mighty fine first flush.
Sweet, crisp, with a clean taste. Notes of flower and woodsy tones. Refreshing. This might be a tad more astringent than some of the Darjeeling teas I’ve had, but it’s still quite good.
here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/29/dooteriah-sftgfop-1-first-flush-darjeeling-tea-lochan-tea-limited/
Yay! Alishan! I love Alishan Oolong! There are few teas that make me happier than AliShan Oolongs.
Sweet, floral scent with hints of fruit. A sweet, creamy, luscious flavor. I infused this five times and combined all five infusions in my Yi Xing mug that is designated for AliShan Oolong teas. The flavor is sweet and honey-esque with roasted nut tones in the background. Crisp floral notes, fruity, buttery.
A really awesome AliShan! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/03/taiwan-alishan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-competition-grade-from-cameron-tea/
I was really happy to find this tea in the Steepster Select box for March. I love Ya Bao teas, but, they are seldom a tea that I put in my “cart” when I’m shopping for tea. It seems that there are just so many great teas out there, you know?
So I looked forward to sampling this tea.
The early infusions were delicate, sweet, slightly grassy, and faintly reminiscent of honeydew melon. I also noted a very faint whisper of spice. Perhaps nutmeg with a hint of white pepper. Very subtle notes of spice, but enough to get the taste buds to perk up and say, hey, what was that?
In later infusions, I tasted notes of peaches and cream. Hay-like notes. The tea became sweeter with each infusion.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/28/silver-bud-ya-bao-white-tea-tea-source/
A really nice vanilla flavor complete with a creamy texture which took me by surprise, I don’t usually expect a lot of texture or mouthfeel from rooibos but this is soft and creamy.
The natural sweet, nutty notes of the rooibos meld well with the sweet, smooth vanilla notes. Yummy, cozy, comforting! Mmm!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/28/vanilla-rooibos-herbal-tisane-tea-people/
A very finely chopped CTC. But that’s OK because as long as the tea is fresh, I find that the finely chopped Assam teas tend to be very robust, and that’s just what you want from an Assam. Just don’t oversteep it!
And this is a very hearty Assam. Lots of gusto, a strong, malty, rich flavorful Assam. Would be perfect as that first cup of the day. Nice caramel-y undertones. Good with milk and honey, or my recommendation would be to put a cinnamon stick in your teacup when you pour this tea into it. It won’t add a huge cinnamon taste, but just a hint of it … and it would be a really enjoyable, zesty contrast to the richness of this tea.
It smells amazing and it’s tasty too. The peppermint is the strongest flavor of the four ingredients, but it’s not an overwhelming flavor. It doesn’t taste mouthwash-y, instead, there is a lovely, sweet peppermint note that plays well with the notes of lavender, rose and white tea.
The lavender is quite subtle here. I didn’t have to strain myself to notice it or anything, it was strong enough to be tasted, but, it didn’t give off a soapy taste. The same is true of the rose, and together these offered more of a “floral presence” rather than strong, distinctive, individual notes.
The white peony is delicate and has a sweet, light, crisp flavor. Overall, a really delightful cup. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/27/organic-love-white-tea-spicely-organics/
OK, so this was a blend that I suggested to Frank. I had this amazing candy bar over the holiday season that was coconut, mint and chocolate and as I ate it, I couldn’t help but think that it would make an amazing tea.
I didn’t really like the dry leaf aroma. I can smell coconut and mint, and I like those two fragrances, but there is a slight chemical odor too and that was not appealing. Having blended and flavored teas for several years … years ago, I know that sometimes that chemical thing is “necessary” because the flavorings used to flavor teas are flavored oils, and they don’t always smell as good as they make tea taste. Knowing this enables me to overlook that funky smell because I know what it is.
Fortunately, the chemical note didn’t translate to the flavor. What I do taste is mint, chocolate, coconut and black tea. I like that all components are present in the sip. Now, I can’t say that this tastes as yummy as the chocolate bar did, but I do like that I taste a good amount of chocolate (there could always be MORE chocolate, you know? But there is a nice amount of chocolate here.) And the flavors meld together very nicely.
A really tasty blend.